Microsoft has announced that it will end support for the Office 2013 application suite, which it released more than nine years ago. The company has given customers ample time to upgrade to newer versions by giving advance notice of its plans to stop issuing security patches.
According to the statement, Office 2013 will reach end-of-life on April 11, 2023. The application suite received five years of general support and four years of extended support (security fixes and critical updates).
End of support does not mean that applications will stop working, of course. Customers will be able to continue using Office 2013 beyond April 2023, but will have accepted the security risks due to the lack of support. In addition, Microsoft will no longer provide technical support after the stated end-of-life and customers may encounter all sorts of reliability issues with Microsoft 365.
Office 2013 users can choose an Office 365 subscription to keep their Office apps up to date and receive regular feature updates. Microsoft also sells perpetual Office 2021 licenses for those who choose to make a one-time purchase.